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I've been working on my dinghy handling skills that last couple of weekends after having been a dock guy for many years.

One thing I noticed is that my dinghy a pilot sailing dinghy (Picture is a sister ship) will ship water over the stern when approaching the beach if even very small waves are running.

What I noticed worked well was that I turned the boat around at the last minute and backed it up to the beach. Then that last wave just lifts the boat and sets it on the beach for me and no water gets in.

I also found an excellent little beach dolly. It looks just like a road trailer for a small powerboat but small and with balloon tires. It even has a little winch on the front of it. It works great to get the Pilot up off the beach to the grass by hand

I made a two step ladder I hang off the jib cleat that makes it easier to get from the dinghy to the boat. Getting off, it seems best to just sit on the Catalina 25 gunnel and hop into the pilot, aiming for the middle.

That is all I've got so far in a weeks worth of practice.
Anyone have any hard won dinghy advice besides getting a more stable dinghy.

Like how do two people swap places?
If you fall out of the dinghy how do you re-board?
For dinghy bailing do you keep a pump aboard or a bucket?
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Dinghy bailer = detergent bottle with bottom cut off

How to reboard after falling out = typical technique is from the stern
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Hi David, Good luck with new boat...I usually get on/off
dinghy from cockpit as it is lower than bow and walk dinghy forward or aft. Also dinghy a little more steady/protected brought along lee side of boat and can be secured to make transfer a little less of an adventure.
I always try to lower myself and gear nice and easy and
transfer weight gradually...same with switching places
holding on to mothership to dampen wave motion and
transfer.
Come on down for a sail or we'll sail part way.
Best, Hugo
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